With some of the world’s greatest athletes rallying in Beijing, the athletic competition opened on Wednesday with a rock sliding down some ice.
48 hours before the opening ceremony, men’s and women’s foosball took to the front lines to open the Olympic Games on Wednesday night. Instead of a typical foosball team of four members of one gender, eight teams of one man and one woman slide rocks down the slab – the long icy road of curling – to the house, the scoring circles at end of the field.
The evening schedule saw four matches played simultaneously at a mostly quiet Beijing National Informatics Center, where Michael Phelps has won numerous medals in non-freezing water.
Team USA by Vicky Persinger, from Fairbanks, Alaska, and Chris Plys of Duluth, Minn., face Australia, which is making their Olympic tetanus debut. Not even a dedicated ice rink anywhere in Australia. Needless to say, the chance to play pro curl is rare there: Tahli Gill, one half of its team, plans to become an elementary school teacher, and her teammate Dean Hewitt is a physiologist. physical education.
Two of the major contenders will also take part in icy Wednesday, with England facing Sweden and Switzerland facing host, China. In the fourth match, Norway played the Czech Republic.
Canada favorite, inactive until Thursday.
Pool competition, like football at the Summer Olympics, must start before the opening ceremony because that is the only way to get all the games before the Games end on February 20. In mixed events, each of the 10 teams will play nine games in the preliminary round. With more traditional male and female four-way competitions still to come, that’s a lot of fun.
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